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QW 022012 “Passing the health check”

It’s always a bit thrilling to click and see TOEIC scores on a computer display. It used to be a more “solemn” ceremony to check the mailbox once or twice, find a blue envelope which was miserably wet on a rainy day, cut the end of the envelope with a bit of tension and uneasiness, take out a score report rather hastily, and finally, know the result. Estimated time: Three minutes. Not just for me but probably for most of the people, this click-and-see thing is just tasteless. It finishes within a second. A second. Fortunately, the figures on the screen told me that I successfully passed the January 990er health-check. Some might want to say it’s silly, meaningless, or even disrespectful to keep taking the test without studying for it, but I’d really like to test myself that way. Isn’t it just weird to do what makes you healthy solely to secure good results on the health check? The “health” that I’ve brought up here as a metaphor is one of the qualifications required for a teacher who bears a responsibility to help his or her students achieve their target scores on TOEIC as soon as possible and let them move onto the other dimensions of English learning as swiftly as possible. The other self, me as an English learner, wants to prove that I still can remain “healthy” while learning English in my self-chosen way. Mind you, my self-chosen way doesn’t always work well. In fact, I failed the 990er health check twice last year. It truly was a shame for me to bear, but that’s what it takes, and my English learning and teaching life goes on and on and on.

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